Monday, August 16, 2010

Homemade Cleaners - Take One

I am so excited to share this post because I'm really excited about using these all natural, baby safe, cheap, homemade cleaners. Seriously so excited. Yesterday I made and tested two different all-purpose cleaners.

I wanted to do a run down of cost, the recipe, and my review. Obviously these, cleaners are safer for your family, especially the little ones but there are tons of all natural, pre-made options that you can buy at the store. In order for this to be worth it, it really needs to be cost effective.

First I'll give you my review and then I'll give you the cost run-down.

Cleaner #1 - Jenny's All-Purpose Cleaner (taken from Simply Modern Mom)
Ingredients: (note: to fill your spray bottle, double the recipe)
Spray Bottle
1 tbsp vinegar
1tsp borax
3/4 cup warm water
2 tbsp. liquid vegetable soap (I used Dr. Bronner's castille soap in Peppermint)
10 drops of essential oils (I used lavender because it smells good and it's antiviral and antibacterial)

Directions:
Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 teaspoon borax together well in your bottle. To that, add 3/4 cup of warm distilled water and mix well. Add 2 tablespoon liquid vegetable soap and 10 drops of essential oils. Put the cap on your bottle and shake well. Mark your bottle well, including which oils you used.

Review:
This one was by far my absolute favorite. It is sudsy and holds true to the name "all-purpose". As I've mentioned before we have a ton of cleaners. One for the countertops, another for the stainless steel, another for the stove top, etc. I used this on my stainless steel appliances, countertops, stove top and kitchen appliances (like the blender and toaster oven) and it worked AMAZINGLY on all of it. The only downside is that, for best results, you need to wipe down the countertops with a wet rag after you scrub them and before you dry them, otherwise it's kinds streaky. All I did was kept a wet rag in one hand and a dry rag in the other, it literally took maybe 30 seconds more. My white tile countertops are currently glistening in the light. It cut the grease on the stove top, better than anything I've ever used, very little elbow grease was used and no messy residue to clean up from the baking soda. The stainless also cleaned up very nicely. The only added thing I did was buff it a little afterwards with my stainless steel buffing cloth (no cleaner on it). Overall, I love this cleaner!!!

Here's the cost run-down:
Spray Bottle - $2
White Vinegar - 64 oz. - $3.19
Borax - 76 oz. - $2.98
Liquid Vegetable Soap (Dr. Bronner's) - $8.99
Essential Oil - (Lavender - $11) (Lemon - $5.50) (I used lavender but also bought lemon)

Total Cost: $28.16 (if using lavender) $22.66 (if using lemon)
The essential oils seem like they can be used for about 10 bottles but everything else can be used for at least 16 times. If you add some extra essential oils into that cost you're looking at about $2.50 for this cleaner.

Comparison:
Green W
orks "all-purpose" cleaner costs about $4 for 32 oz.
Seventh Generation all-purpose cleaner costs about $6 for 32 oz.

Savings:
So you have a savings of at least $2.50 and you can save yourself a trip to the store because you have all of the ingredients on hand.

Cleaner #2 -Gorgeously Green All-Purpose Cleaner (taken from Young House Love)


Ingredients: (note: this one make a full spray bottle)
Spray Bottle
2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled vinegar
1 tsp. liquid vegetable soap (I used Dr. Bronner's castille soap in Peppermint)
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops of essential oils (I used lavender because it smells good and it's antiviral and antibacterial)

Directions:
Mix together in the bottle and use as you would any other all purpose spray

Review:
Maybe if I would have started using this one first I would have liked it but the first cleaner blows this one out of the water. It was effective for cleaning the countertops, but didn't cut grease on the stove like the first one did and didn't take off water splashes on the stainless steel. I would say it's comparable to a store bought "all-purpose" cleaner because it really can only be used for very simple jobs. Also, in the research I've done, I've read that hydrogen peroxide loses it's effectiveness when in light (which is why it comes in a dark brown bottle). This may cause it to be even less effective in the long run.

Here's the cost run-down:
Spray Bottle - $2
White Vinegar - 64 oz. - $3.19
Hydrogen Peroxide - $1.00
Liquid Vegetable Soap (Dr. Bronner's) - $8.99
Lavender essential oil - $11
Tea Tree Oil - $6.49

Total Cost: $32.67
If you add some extra essential oils and peroxide into the cost you're looking at about $2.15 for this cleaner.


Overall, I loved the first cleaner. It saves money and works better than anything I've ever bought at th
e store. It only took about 5 minutes to make and it smells very clean. Yesterday when I was shopping for all of the ingredients for these homemade cleaners, I came across Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products. It looks like that all-purpose liquid was $7.99 for 32 oz. but you mix only 2 oz. with 1 gallon of water. I may have to try that eventually. After going on the website it doesn't sound like this liquid cuts grease though so I still might be on the right track with this homemade cleaner.

2 comments:

  1. This is awesome! You are such a rockstar! Love you babe!

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  2. Great tips. I'm gonna use them doing my domestic cleaning tomorrow.

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